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The Best Cheap, Not-Ugly Headphones

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Welcome back to Editor's Picks, a Friday series profiling the buys our editors are obsessed with. This week, Racked shopping & style editor Nicola is sharing the inexpensive (but good looking) earbuds she relies on.

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"I live in New York City and depend on mass transit to get around, which means I need headphones on me at all times. A good playlist is a tiny refuge from this dirty, loud, irritating — but glorious! — city. Of course, I lose said headphones all the time.

At the recommendation of my friend Dan, who reviews tech products for Racked sister site The Verge, I've begun to stockpile these Panasonic earbuds, which he assures me are the best cheap headphones money can buy. They're only $11 on Amazon (and can be shipped Prime, thank God) so the blow of needing a new pair isn't too bad ("They're the same price as a cocktail, but will last much longer!" I tell myself about everything that costs around ten dollars). I like that they come in black with a nearly invisible logo, and they're very comfortable to wear, even when a 30 minute commute becomes 60. Plus, they're loud as hell."

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Panasonic headphones, $11